Balloon Walk Fundraiser In Ballyheigue To Remember Loved Ones

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The launch of the Balloon Walk which takes place in Ballyheigue next Monday.

A SPECIAL event will take place on this Bank Holiday Monday on Ballyheigue Beach to raise funds for the Palliative Care Unit at University Hospital Kerry.

The Memory Balloon Walk and Monster Raffle, which takes place at 4pm, is the brainchild of Natasha McCrohan.

“I wanted to do something special as a way of saying thank you to the Palliative Care unit for the care they gave my dad who recently passed away. The service that Palliative Care provide is invaluable,” said Natasha.

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Natasha’s father Maurice McCrohan passed away the beginning of April this year and following his death, Natasha along with her aunt Ann O’Leary and committee members Liz O Leary and Joe Burkett began planning an event to raise funds for Palliative Care.

Ann O’Leary said; “My sister-in-law Kitty Walsh passed away late last year and my father Noel Drury passed away this year and we as a family are so grateful to the staff and management of the Palliative Care for all the help and support they gave us during those difficult times that we felt we needed to give back to them. We settled upon the idea of a Balloon Memorial Walk as a way of honouring those who passed away.”

Notes of remembrance will be attached to the balloons and the walk will take place on Ballyheigue Beach. No balloons will be released during the event.

A memory balloon is €5 to purchase and they are available from Thats Perfect, Paco Tralee and Foleys Spar in Tralee; Bally Bargains, Costcutters and Colettes Hair Salon in Ballyheigue; Ross’ Centra and Sheehys Londis in Ballyduff and Hanleys Supermarket in Causeway.

For further information please follow Memory Balloon Walk for Palliative Care on Facebook. Social distancing will be in place on the day and all health and safety guidelines will be adhered to. The organisers thanked event sponsor Alan O’Sullivan of Bathrooms4U.

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